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Up and down match. Darcis rallied from down 0-40 and saved four break points to hold in the first game of the match, and saved another BP at 2 all. Nalbandian was holding mostly comfortably until he went from 40-15 to having to save a BP at *2-3. Nalbandian then finally broke to 30 for a *4-3 lead in the first set, the first of three straight breaks in the first set. Nalbandian served for the first set at *5-4 and had 40-15 again in a game before being taken to deuce, losing two game points before finally holding serve to win the set.

In the second set, Nalbandian broke immediately to start the set after having 40-*0 to take the early lead. He held comfortably from there until *3-2 which was the first of back-to-back breaks for each player. Darcis had 2 break points to make it three straight breaks and a second serve at 40-*30 at 3-*4, didn't take advantage. Darcis saved a MP against him at *3-5, then broke to love with Nalbandian serving for the match to make things even at 5 all in the second set. Nalbandian immediately had 0-30 to break once again, Darcis won three straight points to get to game point, but David eventually broke to serve for the match a second time. Nalbandian had 40-0 at *6-5 before losing four straight points, losing five match points overall and saving two break points before being broken to lose serve and the second set went into a tiebreak.

Nalby quickly won the breaker to finally take the win in 1:55.

Very predictable hard-fought match with many twists and turns; both players' strengths are their returns and both are huge fighters. Tipsarevic in the next round, hopefully it's a good match like the one in Indian Wells, but David can't be as vulnerable on serve as today to win that match. Wouldn't be surprised if Nalbandian-Tipsarevic ended up being another breakfest.
 

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Great effort by Francis to get to Miami and watch 10+ matches in a day. True fan.

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Thank you for the inside information, wish I could also be in Miami relaxing in the beach part time and watching quality tennis.
 

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I'm writing a paper for my finals right now, and I am envious of your ability to write so much about so little.

Good for Nalbandian to keep up the wins after a good week.
 

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Ajde FitDave.
 

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I'm expecting Nalbandian to reach the SF. But first he has to get past Tipsarevic.
 

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some amazing choking by Nalbandian, but Darcis saved most of the MPs with absolute shocking play, including one ridiculous gutsy drop-shot

despite all the choking, Nalbandian suddenly went back into God-mode in the tiebreaker
 

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Thanks mongoose, sounds about right. Steve plays his best when he's really under pressure and in vulnerable positions in matches. David chokes but then usually finds a way to dig down, and fight back and win regardless of the choking. Sounds like it was an entertaining match.
 
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